There’s been an observatory on a 9,200-feet peak in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains since 1947. Today the peak hosts the Sunspot Solar Observatory, and as you’d guess from the name, it carries out research into our sun. But when it closed abruptly in September 2018 without clear explanation, social media went wild. Why? Because it’s just 85 miles from Roswell with its notorious UFO connections.
It was in 1947, coincidentally the same year that the observatory in the Sacramento Mountains was first established, that the Roswell story burst upon the world. Actually, most of us might believe that shared date was a coincidence. But undoubtedly there are conspiracists out there who would be only too happy to make something out of that.
In any case, it was the sensational story on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record on July 8, 1947 that started the whole Roswell UFO and alien circus off. “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region,” the Record headline screamed – the RAAF being the Roswell Army Air Field.